We believe that companies doing business in Greeley are our partners. In that, we believe that we should work together to help support and educate every company that does business in Greeley. We want to develop relationships with each member of the business community; these relationships are essential to the growth and development of our community.
Starting a business can be intimidating, and many people don’t know where to start. We here at the City of Greeley have put together this guide to help you determine what you need to do to get your business up and running.
According to the Small Business Administration, writing a business plan is vital for a successful business. A business plan contains things like a market and competitor analysis, financial projections, and a plan for day-to-day operations.
Guide to writing your business plan
The East Colorado Small Business Development Center has online guides and provides free assistance in writing a business plan. Give them a call at 970-351-4274.
File the appropriate forms for the type of legal structure you have. There is generally a $50.00 fee to register your business with the State.
EIN stands for Employer Identification Number, and is issued by the IRS. The IRS requires almost all businesses have an EIN. They are free and easy to get.
The State of Colorado requires you to set up a “Withholding Tax Account” if you withhold Colorado income tax on behalf of your employees or on behalf of individuals to whom you make income payments.
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The State of Colorado does not have a “general business license.” However, they do have many different types of occupational licenses that may be required for your business.
The Colorado SBDC’s Small Business Navigator is also available to help you with your questions about licensing on local, state, and federal levels. 303-592-5920
A state license alone does not allow you to operate everywhere in the state. Colorado is a “home-rule” state, which means that municipalities are allowed to set their own licensing requirements for businesses.
Most cities require obtaining a city license in addition to your state license. Check with each jurisdiction that you plan on doing business in to determine if you are required to hold a certain licenses.
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